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    It should be easy and inexpensive to find a...

    It should be easy and inexpensive to find a Waterford to try. I used one to hack and sometimes do XC on my older mare, who had a tendency to pull hard out on hacks. The catch is that it's not really...
  2. Thank you, all! I've ordered Quiessence; will see...

    Thank you, all! I've ordered Quiessence; will see how that works and go from there. Also going to add more exercise into her schedule. :)
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    Spirig compared to Prestige

    How does the fit of the Spirig trees compare to the Prestige trees (in general)? The Prestige 2000D with a 35 tree works very well for my young mare; now looking for a jumping saddle and came across...
  4. Supplement recommendations for metabolic pony?

    So we are venturing into the world of ponies! My daughter is five, and we just picked up a little (~12 hands) pony mare for indefinite lease. The pony is wonderful and exactly what I wanted, but is...
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    Has anyone seen this article?...

    Has anyone seen this article? http://www.outsideonline.com/fitness/bodywork/the-fit-list/The-New-Science-of-Concussion-Recovery.html

    I've had at least one concussion where I still have a memory...
  6. It sounds like you need a trainer who can work...

    It sounds like you need a trainer who can work with you two together. No shame in what you're feeling; when my young mare was 4 and 5 I realized she needed a very different ride than I knew how to...
  7. How wide is he below that sharkfin wither? I ask...

    How wide is he below that sharkfin wither? I ask because some horses with that kind of wither need a wider saddle with a cutback pommel, or a panel configuration that will allow for a good fit--I...
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    Resale at a higher price point may be tough, but...

    Resale at a higher price point may be tough, but hopefully you do not need to sell it for a long time! I have a Hastilow jumping saddle I bought used to fit my older mare...she is now retired, and it...
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    I tried the Tex before my older mare reinjured...

    I tried the Tex before my older mare reinjured herself. My take: it's a great XC/foxhunting/galloping saddle. Not great for flatting. It was very comfortable and secure for me when I hiked my...
  10. Long-acting tranquilizer (talk to your vet about...

    Long-acting tranquilizer (talk to your vet about side effects) and Gastrogard. Both of my normally sane mares become nutcases when they have ulcer flare-ups. I needed the long-acting tranq to rehab...
  11. The sudden-onset behavior you describe sounds...

    The sudden-onset behavior you describe sounds very much like how my older mare presented years ago. Vet actually thought at first it was muscle spasm and/or stifles (mare had a history of slightly...
  12. Since I'm 7 months pregnant, may I join you? I...

    Since I'm 7 months pregnant, may I join you? I should add that I have a coming-7-year-old mare, plus my retired girl, and only time to ride 1, so even once I'm riding again, I really cannot take on...
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    What joiedevie said, mostly. Have shipped my...

    What joiedevie said, mostly.

    Have shipped my mare cross country twice by commercial shipper. Both (Bob Hubbard and Equine Express) fed alfalfa hay by default, and provided it (I didn't have to). I...
  14. My mare had a liver abscess that presented first...

    My mare had a liver abscess that presented first as mild colic. Had vet out first time around and treated as colic. A few days later it recurred, she was acting much quieter than normal, and fever...
  15. My mare had a liver abscess that presented first...

    My mare had a liver abscess that presented first as mild colic. Had vet out first time around and treated as colic. A few days later it recurred, she was acting much quieter than normal, and fever...
  16. I used to have some material printed out but...

    I used to have some material printed out but haven't been able to dig it up again.

    Here are some links that may be useful, though, for specific exercises and information:
    ...
  17. A good Pilates routine should work (IME) glutes...

    A good Pilates routine should work (IME) glutes as well as the other muscles we generally call the "core." As subk notes, your glutes (and therefore hip flexors) are very important. If you get sore...
  18. Some horses do seem to be sensitive to alfalfa...

    Some horses do seem to be sensitive to alfalfa and it will make them weird, but for most horses, alfalfa is one of the best avenues to weight gain. In CA, you probably have access to nice big bales...
  19. Some of the Prestiges may work. Catch is that...

    Some of the Prestiges may work. Catch is that their jumping saddles are not generally wool flocked, so it has to fit well from the get-go, but I love the balance point on them and horses tend to like...
  20. Have you tried a Myler level 2? My retired mare...

    Have you tried a Myler level 2? My retired mare has a very similar mouth, plus a low flat palate, and that was her favorite. I rode her for a long time in a JP French link with curved sides and a...
  21. Also echoing what merrygoround said. When my...

    Also echoing what merrygoround said.

    When my mare strained her SI, hills were our good friends. Forward walk uphill is a great back & hind end strengthening exercise that is low impact and sets...
  22. For paces: call the organizers. For fitness...

    For paces: call the organizers.

    For fitness for going out as a guest: call the secretary of the hunt.

    You will have more control over how fast you go at a hunter pace, but it's good to find...
  23. Are you looking for mullen mouth? Would Happy...

    Are you looking for mullen mouth? Would Happy Mouth work? Or do you need the really soft rubber?

    Here is the Happy Mouth version:
    https://www.google.com/#q=happy+mouth+kimberwick+mullen

    Here...
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    Mountain Horse tend to be nice and roomy, and...

    Mountain Horse tend to be nice and roomy, and mine have certainly been durable! If you need ankle support, get lace-up rather than zipper or slip-on.
  25. It does take time and continuous effort...lots of...

    It does take time and continuous effort...lots of both!

    Things that have helped me:

    1. regular lessons with a trainer who is very good at biomechanics
    2. riding her lesson horses/schoolmasters...
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